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The Power of Water in Your Body

Stay Hydrated for Optimal Health: The Power of Water in Your Body!


Living in Arizona, where the current summer temperatures have soared to a record-breaking 120°F, brings to mind how important hydration is, and the power of water in your body. The dry hot heat can cause you to lose water much more rapidly then under normal temperatures, leaving you extra susceptible to burning, heat stroke, fatigue, and potential death. Preventing dehydration should be a top priority!

"Did you know that about 70% of your body is made up of water?"

This essential element is dispersed throughout our cells, with muscle cells containing about 75% water, while fat cells hold only about 15% or less water. The more muscle you have, the higher the percentage of water in your body weight.

Water is undeniably one of the most crucial requirements for our bodies to survive, and it sustains all forms of life. Its significance cannot be overstated. Water plays a primary role in countless bodily processes, including regulating blood pressure, controlling body temperature, aiding in digestion by producing digestive juices, and keeping our bodies fluid and mobile. Without water, our bodies would simply wither away!

"But how do you know if you're truly hydrated?"

Dehydration is measured by the loss of a certain percentage of your body weight in fluids. If your body loses more than 1% of its weight in water, it's a sign of dehydration. The human body is continually losing water as we consume more, and even our blood, composed of about 90% water, is the first place where water loss occurs. Severe dehydration, defined as a loss of over 12% of body weight from water, can be fatal as it disrupts cell functions and slows down essential processes, eventually leading to permanent shutdown. Thus, water is your ultimate source of hydration, and you need an ample supply of it!

Especially in places like Arizona, where summer temperatures can skyrocket to a scorching 120°F, the importance of staying properly hydrated becomes even more apparent. The dry, sweltering heat expedites water loss from the body, putting individuals at greater risk of burning, heat stroke, fatigue, and other potential health issues stemming from dehydration. So, it's crucial for residents to prioritize hydration during such extreme weather conditions.

Staying Hydrated Can Be Challenging

However, staying hydrated can be challenging as our bodies are continuously losing water through daily activities, bathroom visits, sweating during exercise, and natural body perspiration. Often, we wait until we feel thirsty to hydrate ourselves, but by that time, our bodies are already moderately dehydrated, making it harder to restore a healthy hydration level. Feeling light-headed, fatigued, or having a headache are clear signs of dehydration.

Hydration isn't just about guzzling water; it's also about how water is distributed within the body. On a cellular level, hydration is a delicate balance of minerals, electrolytes, and essential fatty acids working in harmony to hydrate the bloodstream, body tissues, and cells. Electrolytes and trace minerals are vital for maintaining cellular balance, assisting with digestion, hormone secretion, and proper brain function. Essential fatty acids, on the other hand, form the basis for cellular membranes, allowing cells to absorb, hold, and utilize water and other essential nutrients effectively.

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Supporting Hydration

To support proper hydration, it's essential to incorporate a diet rich in nutrient-packed, fresh, organic fruits, veggies, dark leafy greens, raw nuts, and seeds. Some foods, like watermelon, cucumbers, apples, and carrots, have a higher water content and contribute to our hydration needs. Additionally, drinking plenty of fresh water throughout the day is crucial for maintaining optimal hydration.

For those who consume a diet high in animal proteins, extra water is needed to aid in breaking down, assimilating, and eliminating waste from the body. Processed foods, like crackers and chips, are low in moisture and can dehydrate you rather than hydrating you properly as they absorb water during digestion.

It's essential to understand that not all beverages will keep you adequately hydrated. For example, while coffee is a liquid, it contains toxins that require additional water to be flushed from the body, potentially leading to dehydration. Opt for high-water-content live foods and minimize processed items to ensure proper hydration.

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle with regular exercise, adequate rest, relaxation, and exposure to sunlight further supports your body's hydration and overall well-being.

In conclusion, water is the key to sustaining life and is indispensable for maintaining optimal health. Whether you're enduring the sweltering heat of Arizona or not, proper hydration is essential for every individual. So, prioritize your water intake, fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods, and stay hydrated for a happy, healthy life!

  1. Mayo Clinic: "Water: How much should you drink every day?"

  2. CDC: "Water & Nutrition"

  3. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: "Importance of Water"

  4. American Heart Association: "Hydration"

  5. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Stay Hydrated - Calculate Your Water Needs"

  6. Medical News Today: "Dehydration: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments"

  7. Cleveland Clinic: "How Much Water You Should Drink, By the Numbers"

Recommended Reading:
  1. "The Water Secret" by Howard Murad, M.D.

  2. "The Water Prescription" by Christopher Vasey, ND

  3. "Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body through the New Science of Optimum Hydration" by Dana Cohen, M.D., and Gina Bria

  4. "The Longevity Solution: Rediscovering Centuries-Old Secrets to a Healthy, Long Life" by Dr. James DiNicolantonio and Dr. Jason Fung


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

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